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Living within one’s means

EDITOR: Mr. Ravanelli’s letter explaining how large economies don’t need to live within their means like you and I do was quite a relief. I’m sure it was especially good news to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. It’s also great news for Germany, who was being asked to help bail out those southern European […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Congressional reform amendment full of errors

EDITOR: Recently you published a letter (Jan. 2) supporting “The Congressional Reform Act (28th Amendment).”  I’ve received versions of this through the Internet at least twice in the past year. All versions, internet and the one you printed, contain an amazing amount of error, misinformation and fuzzy thinking. While I agree with the overall tone that […]

Millionaires could pay a little more

EDITOR: Your editorial suggests that the lower the tax on millionaires, the more tax collections which result. In fact, even Arthur Laffer has agreed that current tax rates on millionaire could increase without creating any disincentive on millionaire economic effort, and thus that a higher tax would increase collections. Your editorial correctly points out the […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 25 Replies

Dunlop recognition overdue

EDITOR: It’s about time that Harry Dunlop got some recognition for all the years he has dedicated to the county. Because of Harry and his knowledge, we have access to water in places like El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Shingle Springs and Cold Springs Road where there was no access 40 years ago. I am sorry that […]

Lumsden Park cleaned up

EDITOR: On Saturday, an unprecedented cleanup took place at Lumsden Park. The Placerville Police Department worked in conjunction with Public Works, inmates from the County Jail and volunteers from the Community Resource Center to coordinate their efforts, restore the park and return it back to the community. A select group of homeless individuals from the Community Resource Center have come together […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Those who gave to tree appreciated

EDITOR: On behalf of the Federated Church Tree of Kindness project, I’d like to thank all the members of our community who adopted an individual or family, made a donation of blankets or money, or supported the project in other ways. We especially want to thank our Main Street partners: Tony Matthews, Combellack’s, and Blue […]

The rich will make you pull the oar

EDITOR: Don’t ever climb in a life boat with a wealthy Republican, because he probably wants you to pull the oars. Never having spent even one day at poor camp, he knows nothing about struggle. He watched too many Errol Flynn movies when he was a kid and now he wants to be captain of […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 14 Replies

Who is the food stamp president?

EDITOR: Is President Obama really the food stamp president? I don’t believe so, as more Americans went on food stamps during George W. Bush’s administration. How then to explain Newt’s claim? Newt is an expert in making code word statements to those who want to believe them. His real food stamp message is that people of […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 50 Replies

GDPUD agenda item inadequately detailed

EDITOR: Open Letter to the GDPUD Board of Directors and the GM-Board Clerk, During the Jan. 12 regular meeting of the Board of Directors, item 17 was posted for discussion with limited information on this topic. As written on the agenda for public notice: “17. DIRECTOR NEELEY REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION A. Presentation and discussion of […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Kobus the rain maker

EDITOR: Congratulations to Mike Kobus once again. Two days before our desperately needed rain my grandson called my attention to the huge ant on the hillside of the Koby Kicks Ants establishment. There it was — protected by a huge umbrella. Such good humor is a delight especially in these troubled times of so many serious […]

A letter writer writes his own obituary

EDITOR: Robert Rex McGee —“Bob” to all who knew him — died in his home on Jan. 12. A widower, Bob is survived by his loving companion, Evelyn Veerkamp, his three children, Pam, Karen and Mike McGee, and his two grandchildren, Jason McGee and Cheyenne Beckelman. A memorial service is to be held in his home […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Garbage dumped on state park

EDITOR: In November of 2011 authorities for the Bureau of Reclamation and State Parks were notified of a resident living adjacient to the Ohmstead Loop Equestrian Trail dumping household garbage on state controlled federal land. Park rangers investigated and found the piles to be on state land and also found the name of the resident […]

Editorial ‘Highway of Death’ unwarranted

EDITOR: I was disappointed when I read your editorial piece on Salmon Falls Road in which you referred to it as the “Highway of Death.” In the article you stated that “the latest to die was a 52-year-old Auburn woman whose BMW motorcycle left the road and hit a utility pole. Obviously the woman was […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Ramirez is two-time Pulizter winner

EDITOR: Ms. Barbara Raines commented (Mt. Dem. Jan 18) that she found that Mr. Ramirez’s The ‘Donner’Party political satire was a ‘breath of fresh air’. Michael Ramirez is well known for his political cartoons. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2008, and a three-time Sigma Delta Chi, Society […]

A word from the homeless

EDITOR: I am writing to educate society a little on “campers.” Our campsites are our homes. We treat them as such and would like the same in return. If you happen upon one, don’t go trespassing or trying to get into it. How would you like it if we trespassed on you property and peeked […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Cartoon was racist

EDITOR: Shame on you for printing an insulting racist cartoon on your editorial page on Jan. 16. It desecrates one of the most inspiring speeches ever given by one of America’s greatest leaders. Printing it to insult America’s first black president is inexcusable. And using your paper to print it on Dr. Martin Luther King […]

We are the real Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe

EDITOR: We the Historical Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe are appalled by all the publicity. We are a recognized tribe of Congress and Department of Interior. In 1934 the Indian Recognization Act was voted on by recognized tribes all through out the United States. The tribes that voted yes got a rude awakening when they had […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Thank you, Marshall Oncology

EDITOR: I would like to thank Dr. Soe and the entire staff at Marshall Oncology for getting me through the biggest crisis of my life. I would also like to let everyone know how fortunate we are to have such a great group of professionals in our area. They are caring and compassionate from the front […]

City planning chairman was accommodating

EDITOR: I would like to take my hat off to the chair of the Placerville Planning Commission, Dolly Wager. At the Jan. 17 meeting there was a decent-sized crowd there to hear about the Housing Element update to the General Plan. Many people spoke, and as is often the case, after hearing something said by […]

Avoid second mortgages

EDITOR: “Hard times for the American dream…” The Mountain Democrat missed an opportunity to help us all learn from the difficult experience faced by the Hildebrands. Along with pointing fingers at the banks, government and shady loan dealers you might have added the following. Before signing any loan understand the terms. When one accepts the terms […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Cameron Park board chairman praised

As we’ve been told Democracy is messy. Last night Cameron Park witnessed just that. Under the direction of newly elected Cameron Park Community Services District Board President Shiva Frentzen, the citizens of Cameron Park got to speak their minds. Being a longtime resident of Cameron Park and one of the people who spoke last night […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Sign spiffed up

EDITOR: To the gentleman I saw preparing to paint the two Sly Park Hills signs at the entrance to our neighborhoods: Thank you for giving them a nice fresh coat of paint, they really needed it and they look great. A happy new year to you. LYNNE BRESSAN Pollock Pines

Pancakes in Camino cafeteria planned

EDITOR: I wanted to take a minute to invite the community to a great event next weekend. The Camino Involved Dads (CID) and Student Council are hosting a Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Camino School Cafeteria. The breakfast will raise funds to purchase a greenhouse for the school garden project. The […]

Work faster

EDITOR: Will the two guys still working on Highway 50 near Placerville Drive please pick up the pace. RAY PETHE Placerville

Opposed to 12-acre development in neighborhood

EDITOR: Tilden Park is a subdivision planned for Shingle Springs on 12 acres of wetlands in the middle of our residential 1-acre neighborhood. This subdivision consists of an hotel, restaurant, food market, multi-story office complex and 14 homes crammed on 12 acres. The land and neighborhood has existed for over 30 years and has natural springs […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Enjoyed veterinarian feature

EDITOR: We enjoyed your feature on Dr. David Turoff. His work with large animals has been invaluable to El Dorado County residents for almost 30 years. He may enjoy horse work the most, but he was always kind, patient, and professional with us during the years he visited our llamas and sheep. We first met […]

Police recover stolen vehicle

EDITOR: Thank you, Placerville pol,ice, spcifically officer Alger. On New Year’s Day my vehicle was stolen from the Placerville Theater where it was parked while attending a movie from 11:45 am to 3 p.m. The vehicle was locked and contained a backpack with school work, books and a new laptop computer. Once the shock wore […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Layaway surprise

EDITOR: I recently found out that someone had paid off my K-Mart layaway. What a wonderful surprise. Thank you. ERIKA TSCHUDIN Rescue

Human feces on the El Dorado Trail

EDITOR: On Jan. 13, I was walking the portion of the El Dorado Trail between Mosquito Road and Smith Flat. Along the way there was a pile of human feces, and the toilet paper used, just lying on the side of the trail. As disgusting as it was I took a photo for proof. On […]

End the blame game; fix the tax code

EDITOR: Does anyone really subscribe to the notion that all points of view are black or white, red or blue? That all millionaires and billionaires are selfish and greedy? That all the “occupiers” are unwashed and lazy? Life teaches all of us that things are not always what they seem, and that most people are […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Arthur Laffer is a laugh

EDITOR: I have no complaint with millionaires. But I have several regarding your editorial. You and Laffer (and yes, he’s worth a laugh) cherry pick data to support “trickle down economics’ when it’s been descredited over and over again. You said that when millionaires do well, the tax money rolls in. Not true. Millionares have […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 24 Replies

Traffic too fast on Old French Town Road

EDITOR: Greenstone mobile-home Senior Park traffic on Old French Town Road has been difficult at best to cross between the two sides of the complex. Speed limit signs of 25 mph are up to code per the county and yet as vehicles drive down Old French Town they travel at speeds exceeding 45-50 mph. We […]

Shocked and awed by cartoon

EDITOR: Be still my heart.  I can’t believe it.  The Mountain Democrat actually printed a political cartoon that poked at Republicans (Ramirez, Friday, Jan. 13). What is this world coming too?  We all know this is a Republican paper, but it sure is a breath of fresh air. Keep it up, please. BARBARA RAINES Placerville

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Mother nature knows best

EDITOR: Columnist E. Kirsten Peters (Jan. 2), who holds a doctorate, likes dams! I do too. She depicts Mother Nature as an efficient, economical symbolic mother who engineers supplies of energy on Earth for “people’s” needs. So do I. Her friend in kind, Bob Olsen, engineer, says it well: “We have quite a wonderful system of […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Why isn’t water a God-given right?

Driving down I-5 I was set a back by all the farm land laid barren because of a lack of water. Numerous signs stating that their farms were Obama-made deserts. I understand that this was due to low water levels and the need by the federal government to protect the Delta smelt. I have noticed […]

Editorial recognized great bunch of employees

The Mountain Democrat recently published an editorial recognizing some of our fine EID employee’s. As noted they work in some of the worst conditions, ice, snow and steep rocky terrain keeping the water flowing from the dams at the top of the Sierra’s down the 22-mile flume into the power house and our drinking water […]

Hoping for better photo

EDITOR: Re “a thousand words” (Mt. Demo 1/11 colunn). You published an old picture of me in today’s paper. Perhaps the outraged lady will castigate you for a picture of one of those “evil lawyers” who defend heinous criminals, yes including pedophiles. (It’s a lousy picture of me, I hope for better in the future.) The […]

National Defense Authorization Act subversive

EDITOR: I hope people realize that with passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Federal Government has now declared war on American citizens. The measure effectively abolishes the Bill of Rights and turns all of us into nothing but chattel or worse. It allows the government to arrest anyone they want, incarcerate them without […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 44 Replies

Lots of positive things going on at UMHS

EDITOR: Friday, Jan. 6t, I pulled out of Union Mine’s parking lot after dropping off my son an hour before his JV basketball game and the News 10 van was setting there. It would have been nice if News 10 had been there to report on the great school that Union Mine is, how it […]

CEOs overpaid

EDITOR: Do you ever wonder how many workers might be employed using the resources absorbed by a departing CEO? I made this simple calculation based upon the golden handshake awarded to Leo Apotheker, the former CEO of HP. He was discharged after 11 months on the job. It appears that his severance pay totaled approximately […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Art walk needs pepping up

EDITOR: You must have noticed the last few years how the once vibrant and fun Monthly Art Walk has deteriorated. What happened? I have attended other art walks, in other cities, and here are some noticeable characteristics of the successful ones, where art is actually admired and purchased: participating venues (galleries, restaurants, shops) with large banners […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Voter fraud not the problem

EDITOR: Voter fraud is not the problem in this country; lack of voters participation is. Money in politics is a problem. Misinformation is a chronic problem as well as efforts of some media sources to distort the “news,” and provoke discontent and hysteria. It is puzzling that a country so proud of its democratic institutions […]

Lost dog found

EDITOR: I found a dog wandering on the corner of Cold Springs and Coldwater Creek Canyon roads. He was wandering the streets on New Year’s Eve at midnight. He is an Australian shepherd-mix approximately 7-10 years old. He was wearing a choke chain and a flea collar, but no tags. He is a very sweet […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Pick up after your dog

EDITOR: Hello, my name is Rilye Kline and I am 9 years old. Today I am going to talk about owners and their dogs.When owners take their dogs for a walk they need to pick up their dogs droppings. It is really bad to step in dogs’ droppings or any droppings for that matter, but […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Camino Cares a big success

EDITOR: Thank you to all of those who helped to make the 2011 Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program so successful this year. A special thank you goes out to the Camino Hotel for allowing everyone to drop off and pick up their gifts there. Thank you to the Camino Forester, Camino Post Office and to […]

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